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Poster: MarkusW Date: Jul 27, 2004 8:42am
Forum: democracy_now Subject: Search/Navigation - a nightmare...

Providing downloadable audio files of this important news program is such an imortant and valuable service, I can't thank archive.org enough for doing it.

However, I wish actually "using" the archive was just a little bit more user friendly. Searching doesn't work at all, there are no working (complete!) lists of archived recordings - I was trying to look for the June 4th edition of Democracy Now - my only chance of finding it was through accidentally stumbling upon it in a "most downloaded list".

Isn't providing easy access to content one of the most important aspects of an archive?

Thanks a lot in advance. I know you guys are working on it.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 27, 2004 8:53am
Forum: democracy_now Subject: Re: Search/Navigation - a nightmare...

Searching doesn't work at all

Care to elaborate?

there are no working (complete!) lists

Yes there is

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Ademocracy_now

This post was modified by Jonathan Aizen on 2004-07-27 15:53:41

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Jul 27, 2004 9:05am
Forum: democracy_now Subject: Re: Search/Navigation - a nightmare...

Hey there,

Following up on Jon's post, we _do_ seem to have a searching problem with our new Beta search engine. The problem is that all of the dates have a comma after them, so searching for 'June,' works, but not 'June'. Whoops. In the short-term, you can use our 'most recently added' option to browse:

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=mediatype:audio%20AND%20collection:democracy_now&sort=-%2Fmetadata%2Fpublicdate

..but we hope to fix this ASAP.

Thanks,
Simon.
[Archive admin.]

This post was modified by simon c on 2004-07-27 16:05:14

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staff__lee__ Date: Jul 28, 2004 6:25am
Forum: democracy_now Subject: Re: Search/Navigation - a nightmare...

There are also some links to the media here from http://www.democracynow.org. It is not complete but you you can get more content about what you are about to hear. Thanks for your comments. Cataloging 7 years of a daily news show is not an easy task. Consider it a work in progress.

-lee
Democracy Now! UNIX Systems Administrator

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Jul 28, 2004 6:51am
Forum: democracy_now Subject: Archive searching fixed (was Re: Search/Navigation)

Also, the search team has now fixed the issue with commas or [some!] other characters, so searching for 'June' works as expected:

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=June%20AND%20mediatype%3Aaudio%20AND%20collection%3Ademocracy_now

Hurrah!
s.

This post was modified by simon c on 2004-07-28 13:51:43